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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday November 10, 2019 ( 23 items )  

$300,000 Funding Available for Environmental Education in EPA Region Three
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it expects to award up to four discretionary grants for environmental education in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $300,000 with a ceiling of $100,000 for each award in the program. The agency said the grant was associated with environment. The agency description of the grant states: "The purpose of the Environme  more

169th Cyber Protection Team is Capable and Ready
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command issued the following news: Just a few miles beyond the bustling cyber hub surrounding Fort Meade, Maryland, is the Laurel Readiness Center, home to the Maryland National Guard's 169th Cyber Protection Team -- the only full-time, fully operational cyber protection team in the Army National Guard. These cyber professionals defend Defense Department information networks and assist in cyber defense outside the DOD.   more

16th Intelligence Squadron Reserve Citizen Airman Prevents Suicide Attempt, Saves Young Life
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force Reserve Command issued the following news: The morning skies were sunny and clear Saturday, October 6, 2019, as 655th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing, 16th Intelligence Squadron, program manager Staff Sgt. Caldwell (first name withheld) was on his way to the monthly unit training assembly. Pulling on to the McComas Street ramp to Interstate 95, everything seemed normal until his attention was drawn to a lone figure, a young  more

FEMA Awards Maryland $31.9 Million to Help First Responders in 2019
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Our firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders and Fire Associations work hard every day to keep our communities safe. They rely on equipment, training and resources to make sure that when there is an emergency, such as a building fire or medical emergency, they can respond quickly and efficiently. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) r  more

Four Pioneers Inducted Into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Nov. 4 -- The National Security Agency issued the following news release: On Nov. 4, 2019, four cryptologic pioneers were inducted into the Cryptologic Hall of Honor at the National Security Agency. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency / Chief, Central Security Service, presided over the ceremony and highlighted the achievements of each of the distinguished inductees: Mr. Edward M. Drake - He was the principal architect   more

Loyola University Maryland Wins Richmond Fed's College Fed Challenge
RICHMOND, Virginia, Nov. 8 -- The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond issued the following news release: Students from Loyola University Maryland won the district title in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's College Fed Challenge competition. The winning team included students Matthew Paniccia, Madeleine Brenner, Elisabeth Abdoo, Sean McDermott, Nicholas Spurgeon and Emily Robinson. The team was coached by Professor John Burger Loyola University Maryland competed in the district finals against  more

Maryland Special Election Reporting: 7th District (2020)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 -- The Federal Election Commission issued the following reporting litigation document: Maryland has scheduled special elections to fill the 7th congressional district House seat of the late Representative Elijah Cummings. The Special Primary Election will be held on February 4, 2020, and the Special General Election will be held on April 28, 2020. Participating candidates must file additional reports in connection with these elections. Quarterly filing PACs and party committ  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Baltimore Plaintiffs' Law Firm Saiontz & Kirk, Pays U.S. Over $90,000 to Settle Failed to Reimburse Medicare
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur announced that Saiontz & Kirk, P.A., a Baltimore-based law firm, has paid the United States $91,406.98 to resolve allegations that it failed to reimburse Medicare for conditional payments that had been made to medical providers on behalf of firm clients. "Plaintiffs' attorneys cannot refer a case to or  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Former D.C. Apartment Manager Facing Federal Indictment for Allegedly Defrauding Employer By Submitting Fraudulent Invoices
GREENBELT, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Allegedly Used Her Position in the Company to Employ Several Schemes to Defraud her Employer * * * A federal grand jury has indicted Lachann Alexis Green, age 36, of Laurel, Maryland, on federal wire fraud charges in connection with a scheme to embezzle money from her employer. The indictment was returned on November 4, 2019, and was unsealed at her initial  more

Md. U.S. Attorney: Former Mortgage Broker Sentenced to Federal Prison for Fraudulent Auto Loan Scheme
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: * * * - Defrauded More Than 20 Individuals and Five Financial Institutions During the Two-Year Scheme * * * U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander today sentenced John O'Day, age 48, of Chester and Stevensville, Maryland, and Sarasota, Florida, to 104 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for federal charges of bank fraud and aggra  more

NASA's Hubble Captures a Dozen Galaxy Doppelgangers
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Nov. 7 -- NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Warped Space Creates Cool Kaleidoscope View of Faraway Galaxy * * * The "funhouse mirror" has delighted carnival-goers for more than a century by twisting peoples' images into wildly distorted shapes. Its prolific inventor, Charles Frances Ritchel, called it the "Ritchel's Laugh-O-Graphs." However, there was nothing funny - but instead practical - about warped images as far as A  more

National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIH-Funded Study Finds Teens Prefer Mint And Mango Vaping Flavors
BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute on Drug Abuse issued the following news release: A new analysis suggests that teens prefer mint and mango as their vaping flavors of choice for e-cigarettes. Previous research showed that teens were attracted to nicotine vaping by the candy and fruit-flavored products offered by manufacturers. Products and trends are quickly evolving, and estimates of the specific e-cigarette flavors teens use are  more

NAVAIR Personnel Win Top Acquisition Awards
PATUXENT RIVER, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Sec. James "Hondo" Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), recognized NAVAIR award recipients Capt. Tony Rossi and Holly Alemar at the Department of Navy's acquisition awards ceremony Nov. 4 at the Pentagon. The winners represent the very best of professionalism, ingenuity and accomplishment among their peers - the over 65,000 members of the acquisi  more

New Ground Transportation Facility Brings 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron Back Together
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Nov. 5 -- The U.S. Air Force Joint Base Andrews (11th Wing) issued the following story: Earlier this summer, Joint Base Andrews started construction on a new building to house the 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron. The new complex will move all of the squadron's ground transportation operations into one central location and improve mission effectiveness. Leadership at ceremonial groundbreaking Joint Base Andrews leadership pose for a ceremonial groundbreaking ph  more

NIH Awards Funding for Early Autism Screening
BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders issued the following news: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded more than four million dollars in FY 2019 to support seven research projects aimed at developing and validating screening tools to detect signs of autism spectrum disorder in the first year of life. Approximately 19 million dollars is projected to be awarded to these projects by NIH over   more

NOAA: 2019 Net Spread Study Targets Flatfish, Reveals Subtle Differences
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Fishermen and researchers continue collaboration to better understand research survey trawl gear performance * * * The 2019 twin-trawling experiment aboard the F/V Karen Elizabeth in late September tested scientific survey net performance at different "spreads"--or how widely the net is open.The differences in capturing fish at different water depths that can be attribut  more

NOAA: 2019 Net Spread Study Targets Flatfish, Reveals Subtle Differences
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 7 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Fishermen and researchers continue collaboration to better understand research survey trawl gear performance * * * The 2019 twin-trawling experiment aboard the F/V Karen Elizabeth in late September tested scientific survey net performance at different "spreads"--or how widely the net is open.The differences in capturing fish at different water depths that can be attribut  more

NOAA: Composition and Distribution Patterns of Deep Water Fish Communities in Hawaii
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 7 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Researchers shine a light on fish communities in mesophotic and subphotic zones of the Pacific. * * * Do the shallow reef fish communities extend to mesophotic depths? Who bumps elbows in the twilight zone with the commercially important snapper species? Relatively little is known about the underwater world below typical scuba diving depths. This includes mesophotic dep  more

NOAA: Fish Size Affects Snake River Salmon Returns More Than Route Through Dams
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - Research suggests juvenile bypass systems do not affect later ocean survival * * * The survival and eventual return of juvenile Snake River salmon and steelhead to spawning streams as adults depends more on their size than the way they pass through hydroelectric dams on their migration to the ocean, new research shows. Bypass systems are designed to carry juvenile salmo  more

NOAA: GulfCorps Program Adds 100 More Young Adults Ready to Restore Gulf Coast Habitat
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - The third year of NOAA's conservation corps program in the Gulf of Mexico recently kicked off, creating jobs and training the next generation to restore coastal habitat, fisheries, and wildlife * * * This fall, young adults from all five Gulf states converged in Weeks Bay, Alabama to kick off the GulfCorps program's third year with a week of orientation. This conservatio  more

Science Update: NIH-Funded Researchers Identify Subtle Motor Differences in Fragile X Premutation Carriers
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Nov. 6 -- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child's Health and Human Development issued the following news release: * * * - Findings may provide basis for early test to diagnose Fragile X-associated movement disorder * * * Many carriers of the FMR1 premutation--a mutation in the gene associated with the developmental disorder Fragile X syndrome--may have subtle changes in grip strength, fine motor control, and reaction time before other symptoms develop, a  more

U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club to Perform in Rochester, New York
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: The U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club will appear as guest artists with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in a celebration of Veterans Day by performing two concerts in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. on Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. The concert theme, "America, The Beautiful: Patriotic Pops," will feature a variety of music to include patriotic selections, music from Bro  more

Veterans Become Budding Marine Scientists Through Washington Internship Program
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 8 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following story: * * * - A partnership between NOAA Fisheries and the State of Washington introduces veterans to a wide array of marine science career paths. * * * In the Puget Sound region of Washington, Kate Rovinski helps study Dungeness crabs at NOAA's Mukilteo Research Station (https://www.nwfsc.noaa.gov/about/facilities/mukilteo.cfm), part of the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. The cra  more